Toronto-based artist RUNT embarks on his latest commission: a mural in the
hip neighbourhood, Parkdale. Mostly known for his mural at Lee's Palace, RUNT shares thoughts about his work and street art. A number of art critics share their views and some collectors share stories about their connection to the artist. Visiting numerous murals currently existing in Toronto, RUNT's stature as an iconic Torontonian artist
Written By: Augusto Monk
Directed By: Augusto Monk
As you probably guessed by now, Runt is a documentary about Toronto artist... "Runt"! If you're not familiar with Toronto or the local art community, this film will work to alleviate that unfortunate situation. In a nutshell however, "Runt" mainly works exteriors of buildings, jazzing them up with his unique artistic style. Runt the film follows this artist as he works, featuring dialog and interviews with him and the people of the community. I personally love his work! This however, is not a write-up on the artwork itself rather the film. With that said it's time to leave my amateur critique at the door and dive in.
On the technical side, Runt is just what you'd expect. A documentary no different than most you watch right now. The lensing was done in the familiar style including footage, montage styled scenes and interviews. Some excellent backing tracks have been used that actually enhance the film, rather than overpower it. The person who chose the audio tracks knew what they were doing. There have been numerous times I've watched a Doc and felt the music had nothing to do with the film. Not this case though. Some care was taken and it paid off well. Another aspect of Runt that truly inspires is the bright art by "Runt" himself. It really translates to video nicely. I understand that the filming of the art is not actually a technical feat, but it makes up so much of this film it's hard not to consider it when watching. One could mute the audio... and still enjoy the movie because of the images alone! Rounding out the technical section of this write up is the actual video editing itself. Nice work! There's a fluent editing style here that not only keeps the story flowing, but actually enhances it. For a documentary, I was completely shocked at the excellent work of the editor. Nothing seemed just "slapped together" and some excellent work exists here.
This is a film everyone should see no matter where you rest your hat. As I watched, I found myself wondering if "Runt" himself listens to peoples take on his work, scratches his head and thinks: that's not it at all! Art elements aside however, this is a truly entertaining piece of work even if you normally hate the genre! When it was all over I couldn't believe an hour had passed; that alone speaks volumes for the film itself. I would have loved to have gotten a signed hard copy of this film for our display case and wall at the office. It's just one of those movies you want a copy of! Guess I'll just have to wait and get myself a one the old fashioned way. Excellent work all around and I was glad to have the chance to watch.
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